Opportunities to Serve

Join us in Service within the Church

  • Join a committee (Deacons, House, Hospitality, Christian Action, Christian Ed, Benevolence, Green Team ...)
  • Teach Sunday School
  • Sing in the choir (practice is on Wednesday nights)
  • Join the bell choir (practice is after church)
  • Be a liturgist
  • Help with the Fall and Spring Clean-up Days

Meals and Wheels
If you need a ride to church, please call the church office.  We will coordinate a ride, either with public transportation or a church member.  Also, if an emergency leaves you needing a meal for your family, please let us know.  We have volunteers whose ministry is providing a needed meal during a troubling time.  If you would like to join this list of on-call volunteers, please contact the church office.  springg@snet.net, 203-288-3381.

Lay Caregivers
Our pastors visit elderly and hospitalized parishioners regularly and are assisted by Lay Caregivers. These volunteers receive training and ongoing guidance from the pastors.  If you would like to learn more about being a Lay Caregiver, or if you know someone who might like the company of a Lay Caregiver, please speak to one of the ministers. You can reach Pastor David Minnick  at Davemintbg@aol.com or Pastor Clare Robert at clarerobert@earthlink.net or call the church office at 203-288-3381.

 Meals to Heal
A small group of members meet once a month in the church kitchen to prepare food that they, the pastors, or Lay Caregivers take to someone who needs a little help with meals or maybe just a plate of freshly-baked cookies! This ministry is funded by the Board of Deacons and the Spring Glen Church Women. 

Give Food

Columbus House Meals
Shop, cook, or serve with us:   SGC provides and serves dinner once a month, on the 4th Thursday at this New Haven shelter for people who are homeless.  Contact Amy Lynn, jesta5@comcast.net or Karen Swann in the office at springg@snet.net. 

Abraham’s Tent
For a week each winter, Spring Glen Church serves as an overflow shelter for 12 men from Columbus House.  You can cook and serve dinner, provide evening fellowship and conversation, provide overnight assistance, or cook breakfast.

Food Collection for the Hamden Food Bank:
Food is received every week (but especially on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of the month) for the Hamden Food Bank. There is also a container for cash offerings on the food box in the narthex.

Christian Community Action Anti-Hunger Challenge
A special food collection in the spring.

Pet Food Collection – during the month of February.

Thanksgiving Meals
Both the Inter-faith Alliance and IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) serve special Thanksgiving meals for their clients and would welcome you cooking or serving for them.

Give Gifts

Easter Baskets, Backpacks, Christmas Gifts, Household Items
We donate essential items to families in need, working with New Haven social workers through Covenant to Care, sponsoring an apartment through Christian Community Action, and helping families living in New Haven Home Recovery’s housing.

Give Time

Habitat for Humanity
SGCsends volunteer crews to help build houses. Contact Arnie Cary or Richard Davis, rdavis@bard.edu.

Literacy Tutor for the Experience Corps
If you are age 55+, you can join this tutoring program.  Contact Sheila at volunteer@aoapartnerships.org, 203-752-3059, X 2900. 

Reading Partner
Help children in the New Haven Public Schools.  Be a Reading Partner through the Jewish Coalition for Literacy.  The JCL recruits, trains, places and supports volunteer reading partners in local public schools to read one-to-one with children. Students benefit from the interaction with a caring adult, sharing the pleasures of reading and the enjoyment of learning.   Volunteers are placed at the beginning of each school year, so contact JCL now for information so that you can be ready to start when the next school year starts.  For more information, contact Spring Glen Church member Jean Sanderson, jeangsanderson@yahoo.com, or JCL Coordinator Brenda Brenner at bbrenner@jewishnewhaven.org or 203 387-2424.

Foster or Adoptive Care
Contact www.fosteradoptivemission.org  or Spring Glen Church member Laura Rainey, 203-537-0875, to learn about these opportunities.

Give the Gift of Life

Interfaith Blood Drive:  Twice yearly (February and June) blood drives jointly sponsored by SCG and Temple Beth Sholom (1809 Whitney Avenue) at alternating sites.

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